FRUITA, Colo. (KREX)–Body worn cameras are commonplace for most law enforcement agencies around the country and Colorado’s State Patrol is the latest state agency to implement them. Effective July 1, 2023—law enforcement officers in the field in Colorado must wear body cameras—per a mandate signed into law 2020. Colorado State Patrol says they had plans to implement body cams prior to the mandate.

The body cameras they will be wearing are made by Axom, which will pair well with their current dash cams, which they say have worked great since they implemented them in 2012. Officials with CSP say even though body cams have been around for several years, they haven’t felt the need to use them because most of the day’s events happen in front of their vehicles, which their dash cams capture.

That was until the mandate.

While bodycams worn at chest level may not always capture the entire situation—including inside taller vehicles like trucks—troopers say having that extra set of “eyes” will not only help troopers and improve their safety but will also improve the safety of citizens CSP interacts with every day.